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article imageRay Rice suspended indefinitely by NFL following video-release

By Mike Rossi     Sep 8, 2014 in Sports
Baltimore - Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, has been suspended definitely by the NFL following the release of a security video that clearly shows him assaulting his then-fiancee now wife, Janay Palmer, in Atlantic City.
The February 15th, 2014 incident, was heavily discussed this summer in American sports media for its potential impact on Rice's career, the upcoming season for the Baltimore Ravens and the National Football League's stance on domestic violence.
However, despite the widespread media coverage, specifics surrounding the scuffle remained few and far between.
The Atlantic City Police report simply stated "it appeared both parties were involved in a physical altercation" and surveillance footage posted by TMZ.com six months ago only showed Rice dragging an unconscious female out of an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino.
As a result of their own internal investigation into the arrest, the NFL handed down a two-game suspension for the All-Pro running back, a decision that was lambasted in both mainstream and social media for being inexcusably light-handed.
Today's events gave the NFL an opportunity to redeem itself.
This morning, TMZ.com released a second video displaying the full incident between Rice and Palmer.
In the footage, Rice clearly looks like the aggressor, initially pushing Palmer before delivering what can only be described as a vicious, Tyson-esque, left-handed coldcock, knocking her into the wall of the elevator and leaving her unconscious.
Both the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens organization have publicly stated today was the first time they'd been privy to the horrific footage.
The Ravens took action first, cutting their star running back and terminating his multi-million dollar contract.
Shortly thereafter, NFL spokespersons announced Rice was suspended indefinitely from the league.
Not surprisingly, current and former NFL employees agree with the disciplinary actions taken by both the Ravens and the league office today.
Though his career as a football player appears to be over, Rice will not have to worry himself with the legal ramifications of his actions. According to a CNN report, Rice entered a domestic violence treatment program in the months immediately following his arrest as part of a plea deal, allowing him to avoid prosecution and have his record wiped clean after a calendar year.
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